30.05.2014 12:38 Age: 5 yrs

Surgical services will continue to expand at the new Busselton Health Campus

Aerial view of the new Busselton Health Campus

The future is looking healthy for south west communities with the latest data showing dramatically improved elective surgery access at Busselton Hospital.

Since the introduction of the Federal Government’s National Elective Surgery Target (NEST) in January 2012, the south west has made significant improvements in the management of its waiting lists. 

Current data shows that 100% of both urgent (category 1) and semi-urgent (category 2) patients in the region received surgery within the allocated 30 and 90 days respectively.

This is a significant improvement from the same period two years ago which saw just 68.5% of urgent patients treated on time.

WA Country Health Service South West Coastal Operations Manager Jeremy Higgins said the results were testament to a joined up approach throughout the region ensuring services were delivered in the right place, at the right time.

“A key success has also been the expansion of surgical services at Busselton Hospital which have grown more than 20% a year over the last three years with 3243 procedures carried out in the last year. 

“We have been able to attract more specialists to operate at the hospital and with the new and expanded facilities that will be provided at the new Busselton Health Campus, such as an additional procedure room and the expansion of the day surgery facility, services will continue to meet the community needs,” he said.

Mr Higgins emphasised the importance of the new Busselton Health Campus in the delivery of services across the whole of the south west region.

“We will maintain close links with the South West Health Campus in Bunbury to ensure local communities continue to receive high-level emergency, surgical and intensive care services, including private hospital services for elective surgery at St John of God Hospital.”

WACHS Chief Executive Officer Mr Jeff Moffet said he was impressed with the work that had gone in to tackling waiting lists in the region.

“This is a fantastic improvement from where we were just two years ago and ensures that people living in the south west will continue to receive quality care closer to where they live and will reduce the need to travel to Perth  for treatment,” he said.

The new Busselton Health Campus is part of The Bigger Picture in Health.

Between 2008 and 2018, WA Health is investing more than $7 billion in building new hospitals and improving existing health facilities, with support from Commonwealth Government and other partners.

These projects will boost and strengthen healthcare closer to where people live now and into the future.

Find out how Busselton Health Campus is part of this transformation, visit Get the Bigger Picture Health (external link).

Media contact: Peter Cogan 6145 4166.


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